Usually at this time of year, Greek beaches are basking in the sunlight of summer’s dying days. But recently the news has been less luminous. First came the terrifying footage, taken by tourists, of a landslide on Zante’s Navagio beach. The collapse of the cliff face only narrowly missed holidaymakers sunbathing on its shores below. Now comes the news that a bay on Skiathos – the island that served, partially, as a backdrop for the first Mamma Mia! film – is losing its smooth pebbles so fast campaigners have been forced to take drastic action. This week containers emblazoned with the words “Lalaria Beach return pebbles box” appeared at Skiathos’s airport as locals stepped up the campaign to save the beach from tourists who crave one of its famously smooth marble stones. “We’ve had no other choice,” said Thodoris Tzoumas, who heads Skiathos’s cultural association. “Lalaria may not have suffered a landslide but human … [Read more...] about Tourists on Mamma Mia! island asked: voulez-vous return your pebbles?
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Ten years ago, the all-singing, all-dancing Mamma Mia! movie not only brought Abba back with a bang but also encouraged dreaming of faraway Mediterranean lands. The long-awaited sequel is due to hit cinemas on 20 July, with the storyline centred around a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) seeking guidance while finding out more about her mother's past. Cinderella star Lily James has bagged what looks to be the leading role as a young Donna (Sophie's mum, played by Meryl Streep), while "Believe" singer Cher makes a cameo appearance as Donna's glamorous mother, Ruby. To celebrate the upcoming release, Airbnb has revealed its best rentals to help holidaymakers live their silver screen dream. Sadly, we can't guarantee you will bump into Pierce Brosnan. Glory days: Lily James and Jeremy Irvine play young Donna and Sam (Universal Pictures) Located on the famous 'Mamma Mia! island' of Skopelos itself, this classic Greek villa boasts two … [Read more...] about make like Meryl Streep and Cher in these Mamma Mia 2 location Airbnbs
MAMMA Mia! Here We Go Again is due to hit cinemas next month - and it features an impressive cast. In the film, we get to see what some of the characters looked like when they were younger. Let's find out which actors and actresses take on the roles of young Donna, Bill, Sam, Harry and Tanya... Who plays Young Donna in Mamma Mia 2? The actress who plays a Young Donna in the upcoming film is Lily James. She was actually born Lily Thomson but she changed her name as a tribute to her late father James after he died from cancer in 2008. Lily was rumoured to be engaged to her actor boyfriend Matt Smith after she wore a wedding dress to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials last month, prompting many fans to ask if she too was set to walk down the aisle. Lily's on Instagram @lilyjamesofficial. Who plays young Bill? Young Bill is played by actor Josh Dylan. Before Mamma Mia! 2, the British actor played Captain Adam Hunter in Allied. He's also lined up to appear in upcoming horror film The … [Read more...] about Who plays young Donna in Mamma Mia 2 Here We Go Again and which actors play young Sam, Bill and Harry?
A young girl, raised by a single mother, with no idea who her biological father is - though she’s narrowed it down to three contenders. She is set to marry her lover, but is reluctant to do so without her dad there to give her away. It could be an introduction to a new soap family, but stick the cast on a fictitious Greek island and throw in a soundtrack made entirely of Abba's greatest hits, and you've got yourself one of the most famous - and gleefully over-the-top - jukebox musicals in existence. The tale follows young Sophie as she prepares for her wedding to her beau Sky. Although Sophie is the axis around whom the story spins, it’s her mother Donna (played by the brilliant Shona White) who’s the star of the show. Donna and her two oldest friends, Tanya and Rosie, deliver the musical’s most memorable moments. For every one of Sophie’s sickly-sweet ballads and lovesick gazes, there’s a lashing of filthy-minded innuendo from her mother and … [Read more...] about Review: Mamma Mia! at Palace Theatre Manchester
Dominic Cooper has told how Cher surprised the cast of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again when she pulled a pair of sequinned pants from her suitcase to replace her character’s costume. The south London-born actor was back — after a decade away — on the set of the hugely successful Abba musical. The new movie is a prequel with Lily James playing the younger version of Meryl Streep’s central character in flashbacks. All the cast of the first film return, with the addition of Cher. Cooper, 40, recalled: “Cher had tried on the costumes and said, ‘No no, I don’t think that’s going to work for me’, and then she went, ‘but I’ve got something perfect’, and she pulled out her suitcase and pulled out this wonderful pair of Spandex-y tight pants with embroidered stars and beautiful sequins. She had come with this most gorgeous outfit. She was brilliant.” The new movie was filmed on the … [Read more...] about Cher steals Mamma Mia! movie, says Dominic Cooper